A man has been arrested after a high-speed police chase
across Rotorua and the eastern Bay of Plenty which ended in
his car rolling.
The 27-year-old from Rotorua was driving a stolen vehicle
when police spotted him this morning.
A lengthy chase ensued, but was called off because of the
man's dangerous driving, police said.
The Baytrust Rescue Helicopter continued to track the vehicle
as it travelled from Rotorua, towards Paengaroa, and into
Whakatane before heading through Edgecumbe and back towards
Eventually the man drove through road spikes at Lake Rotoma
on State Highway 30. He tried to hide down a driveway, but as
police approached he drove off and rolled the vehicle as he
attempted to turn back onto the highway.
He was arrested and taken to Rotorua police station.
Police thanked the public for their patience during a number
of road closures that were put in place while they attempted
to stop the stolen vehicle.